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GTA VI: Why the gameplay leak is disastrous for Rockstar

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This weekend, more than 80 gameplay videos from GTA VI have leaked. An unexpected leak given the habits of Rockstar, whose communication with regard to its current projects is often relatively light. Besides the gameplay of GTA VIthis leak, whose veracity has been confirmed, presents itself as disastrous for the studio, in particular because of the source code.

a leak of more than 80 videos

The next few months are going to be complicated for Rockstar. As the end looms on the horizon for GTA Vthe American studio had announced that it was fully dedicated to GTA VIthe next big installment in the franchise. A title that has been awaited for years by fans, who have been able to have echoes of a development described as β€œchaotic”, but also to lay their eyes on the various leaks from various insiders. Number of main characters, location of the opus, scenario, the most impatient had been able to learn more last July, on the occasion of a complete report from Bloomberg.

But now in this month of September 2022, Rockstar has been the victim of the biggest leak in its history. Over 80 gameplay videos from GTA VI have leaked. A first blow for Rockstar, which is no longer in control of communication around its game. Only, the hacker, whose name we will voluntarily withhold, would also be in possession of the source codes of GTA V and of GTA VI. A source code that contains Rockstar’s secrets, and therefore must not fall into the wrong hands. For example, a source code is often compared to a cooking recipe.

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a massive problem for rockstar

The source code is necessary to understand concretely, and especially to reproduce, the mechanics of a game. An essential element that will currently be in the possession of an unscrupulous hacker. And for good reason, in addition to having shared these confidential videos on the web, this hacker is now looking for a buyer. As insider Tom Henderson shares, the hacker has indicated that he is ready to sell the source code of GTA Vas well as game assets. However, no amount below five figures will be retained. The source code of GTA VI would not yet be on sale, the hacker having notably wished to speak with Rockstar.

The hacker has now said that he will sell GTA 5’s source code and assets and will not accept any offers under 5 figures.

GTA 6 source code is “not for sale at this time” #GTA6 pic.twitter.com/kHz9w1Xp43

September 18, 2022

A person posing as a Rockstar/Take-Two employee managed to speak with the hacker.

He once again states that he has the source code and tells her that “the IT team can check the logs” for proof.

The hacker has now declared that he will sell the source code and assets of GTA 5 and that he will not accept any offers lower than 5 figures.

GTA 6 source code is “not for sale at this time”.”

For his part, Jason Schreier, a former Kotaku journalist now a member of the Bloomberg team, first confirmed the veracity of the leak, before briefly returning to the consequences of this leak.

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To those who asked: There are several reasons this is a nightmare for Rockstar. One is that it’ll disrupt work for a while. Another is that it may lead management to limit work-from-home flexibility. The repercussions of this leak might not be clear for quite a while

September 18, 2022

Not that there were many doubts, but I’ve confirmed with Rockstar sources that this weekend’s massive Grand Theft Auto VI leak is real. The images are early and unfinished, of course. It’s one of the biggest leaks in video game history and a nightmare for Rockstar Games.

For those who asked: There are several reasons why this is a nightmare for Rockstar. One is that it will disrupt work for a while. Another is that it can lead management to limit the flexibility of working from home. The repercussions of this leak may not be clear for some time.

Faced with this problem, Rockstar will have to upset its current schedule to set up a new procedure to follow. The project will also be delayed. Half Life 2 had been the victim of a one-year postponement at his time, it is a safe bet that the deadline will be further extended for GTA VI. In addition, Rockstar will have to redo some of its work, certainly making it a point of honor that this problem does not repeat itself afterwards, thus increasing internal security. A “chaotic” development coupled with a disastrous leak, a duo that Rockstar will take time to overcome. Let’s hope all the same that the American studio goes up the slope quickly.

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